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Critical Thinking

Whether via classroom discussions, analysis of written text, higher-order questioning, or other strategies, learn and share ways to help students go deeper with their thinking.

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Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking

Educators from the Bay Area's KIPP King Collegiate High School and the KIPP network have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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Socratic Seminar Connectors

Download a one-page handout describing connector statements that students can use within the context of Socratic seminar discussions.

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Socratic Seminar Roles

Download a handout with specifics about possible roles and assignments of outer-circle members during Socratic seminars.

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Evaluating Seminar Statements

Download a handout that gives students practice evaluating seminar statements in advance of Socratic seminars and a reference list of connectors to help them formulate responses.

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Higher-Order Thinking Questions

Download a presentation with guidance on how to craft both essential questions and higher-order thinking questions that challenge and engage students.

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Avoiding "Learned Helplessness"

Take responsibility for empowering students, and avoid the schooling habits that train them to seek a single right answer instead of exploring the learning process.

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Critical Thinking: A Necessary Skill in the Age of Spin

Attorney and author G. Randy Kasten suggests that educators have an obligation to prepare young minds for the thickening information cloud they're already being forced to navigate.

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A New Definition of Rigor

Rigor doesn't simply mean giving students more or harder work. Instead, it's the result of work that challenges students' thinking in new and interesting ways.

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Use PBL to Inspire Passion and Teach Lifelong Learning

Along with teaching students the required content, PBL teaches them skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and accountability, self-regulation, and reflection.

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Hands-Off Teaching Cultivates Metacognition

Students learn better when their "thinking" includes thinking about the material plus how to dig in, break it apart, understand it, and build on that.

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Metacognition: Nurturing Self-Awareness in the Classroom

When students practice metacognition, the act of thinking about their thinking helps them make greater sense of their life experiences and start achieving at higher levels.

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Mathematical Habits of Mind

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Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking

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Integrating the 16 Habits of Mind

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Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

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Using Old Tech (Not Edtech) to Teach Thinking Skills

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Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

Guest blogger Julie Coiro, a professor of education, examines four critical thinking disciplines for helping middle and high school students determine the value of information they read online.

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